Arcadia Thunder Trail - Arcadia Brewing Company
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2.86/5 rDev -16.4%
I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Thunder Trail ESB a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is a new one from Arcadia and the first time they have bottled it, it's been a long time since I have had an ESB and I'm interested to see how it is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, I know it's fresh since it was just released. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- I'm not a big fan of the label, I think it looks a little cheesy. It poured a slight orange amber color that took on more of a darker amber and almost copper color when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and only left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This beer looked decent the color was good, but the head and lacing were a little disappointing.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some grainy bready, biscuity, and slight caramel malt like aromas. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma that seems to be mixture of dark fruits and stone fruits, it's nice and unique. Towards the end there's some earthy and slightly spicy hops. The aroma was nice, I liked the unique fruity aspect.
T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy, bready, biscuty, and slight caramel malt like flavor. Up next comes an unwanted buttery flavor followed by some watery malt flavors, and pretty much no hop flavors. I didn't like the taste of this beer, It would have been average if it didn't have those buttery flavors.
M- Smooth, watery, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it felt watery.
Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought It was a below average example of the style, it didn't have enough ESB aspects, it was just way too off for the style and the buttery flavors didn't help either. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't hold my attention at all and one is enough for me, no need to drink another. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't true to style, but the unique fruity aromas weren't that bad. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was bland, under hopped with some buttery off flavors. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not a good example of the style and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, Arcadia is a pretty solid Brewing company, but this was a below average beer with too many problems, I didn't like it. I know Arcadia can better then this, no need to release it again unless the recipe gets reworked. My least favorite Arcadia beer so far.
04-19-2013 03:40:03 | More by StoutHunter
3.06/5 rDev -10.5%
Pours orange/copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. A bit chill hazed, great head retention & lacing
S: Breadyness & grassiness
T: Leafy hops & pears, grassy hops up front. Woody hops, apple peel, & grassiness, slight sourness as this warms. Finishes crisp with pears & leafy hops. Everything is disjointed & boring
MF: Light/medium bodied & okay balance
A fairly dissapointing ESB, I'm not sure why I let Arcadia bilking me outta money, the joke is on me again. Maybe freshness is an issue, no date on the bottle; caveat emptor
08-18-2013 03:36:05 | More by russpowell
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/01/2013. Large carbonation pop upon opening. Pours hazy and cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger rocky cream colored head with big retention, that reduces to a moderate cap eventually. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, apple, pear, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, brown bread, pepper, grass, floral, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, light fruits, brown bread, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent ESB style. Highly over-carbonated, but didn’t seem infected after tasting. Solid malt and hop balance; and very smooth to drink. A decently enjoyable offering.
09-07-2013 05:21:52 | More by superspak
3.44/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 4/01/13, enjoyed 5/26/13.
First of all, as StoutHunter suggested in the previous review, this is NOT what you'd typically expect from this style of beer. I'm gonna just throw that out the window and judge the beer just on how it tastes... the style seems to most definitely be off.
Appearance: Looks like a snow globe. Relatively clear, but there are some thick particles floating around and slowly settling after the pour. Amber color with a pretty bright white, three finger head that dissipates to a measly ring. Barely any lacing. I quite enjoy the label -- a guy on a motorcycle riding down the street with lighting zaps behind him.
Smell: Some sweet, dusty smelling malts. I even get a bit of a scotch note, and possibly a touch of dark fruits. The sweet, dirty-esque malts are definitely on the front.
Taste/feel: Very sweet on the front, and just as sweet on the finish... bitter? This beer doesn't have it. The taste of sweetness is really the big thing here. There's some dark fruit sort of flavors on the front with it, and the sweetness is a bready sort of malt flavor with some sort of peppery spice. The feel throughout is smooth with a very minor prickly carbonation. Works well here.
Overall, it's just alright. It's interesting enough to make you want to take another sip, but not want to take another bottle, necessarily. This is just a sweet beer beginning to end, with really no hops or bitterness to speak of. Given the style of beer being "EXTRA BITTER", it's pretty disappointing, but it's not a terrible beer, and I'm just rating it based on how I think it tastes. I wouldn't mind having another.
05-26-2013 16:28:22 | More by Alextricity
Arcadia Thunder Trail from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.